Staircase - eclectic staircase idea in Los Angeles

Hand-painted Stair Risers

Eclectic Staircase, Los Angeles

These stairs are visible from the dining room and, being shallow, were always scuffed and dirty. The motifs were adapted from the pie-shaped sections of a Japanese Imari bowl and deliberately antiqued.
Staircase - eclectic staircase idea in Los Angeles - Houzz

Questions About This Photo (2)

Suzanne Goodman wrote:March 9, 2015
  • PRO
    Fine Art & Portraits by Laurel
    6 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    Since I don't know what paint, varnish or stain may be on the risers, it's impossible for me to say. If there is varnish, you need to strip it, because nothing will adhere to it, and all your efforts will wipe right off. To be safe, after sanding them, use a very good quality primer paint (not water based) that is designed to adhere to anything. The fumes are toxic, so you need good ventilation. Don't do this if you're pregnant. Use a fan and a filtered mask (not a paper dust mask), and of course serious gloves. After that has dried for a day, you can paint with acrylic paint on it.

  • Suzanne Goodman
    6 years ago
    Thank you for your tips. The stairs used to have carpet on them. It was gold shag from the 70s. we tore it out and it was quite an experience. A carpet installer here in town advised us that the jute backing had deteriorated and the chemical smell and breakout on my husband's arms was the result. So it has been bare for quite a while and we are repairing/sealing gaps to make it a presentable staircase. So, it has never had a finish on it... just the spatters, etc., when the upstairs was added to the house in 1973. Here's a couple of pics to give you a better idea. Thanks again for your help!
What Houzz contributors are saying
Between Naps on the Porch added this to 12 Fresh Alternatives to the Carpeted StaircaseAugust 4, 2010

If you dream it, I bet she could create it.

What Houzzers are commenting on
bogey59 added this to Staircase Paint IdeasMarch 19, 2021

Perhaps a bit much